Usually, I don’t eat before I run. I know it’s not the best habit, but I do run so stinking early and I already have so many stomach issues that I just don’t. Now, if I have a super long run to do, I will get up early and drink coffee and maybe have a ½ banana. I decided to switch things up a little for this race because of all the tummy issues.
The day before, I had steel cut oats with apples slices and cinnamon for breakfast, along with an apple and a banana for a snack. For lunch, I had roasted vegetables and chicken. For a 2nd snack I had an apple and a ½ protein bar. For dinner, I had a bowl from Rubios with shrimp, black beans, brown rice, and avocado.
The morning of the race, I got up about 2hrs and 45min before the race and drank 20 oz of water and had a ½ of an English muffin and 2 cups of coffee. On the bus to the start line, I had a ½ banana.
I’m also pretty lax about warming up, but I jogged about 1.5 miles, which really helped because it was 47 degrees and I was planning on wearing shorts and a tank top!
Gorgeous warm up!
I hit the restroom one more time and we were off at about 7:05. I really didn’t have a plan as far as my pace, I really just wanted to see how I felt and base my run off of that. I also figured that I would try and stay with my run group. One of the guys in my group really wanted to get a sub 1:40, which would be a 5 min course PR for him and I told him that I would see how I felt and try to stick with him.
There are a couple of small rollers the first few miles and I ended up running near a local running group who informed us that they would have donuts around mile 9 for us and they were fun to talk to for a bit. I also ended up running near another girl (which I was so excited about!) She ran cross country in high school and this was her 2nd ½ marathon! I told her that I had 10 years on her, 4 pregnancies, and this was my 20th ½ marathon (crazy!!) There was a fairly large hill at mile 7 and then a photographer right after the hill.
Whew, I was dying a little!
I stayed with the two guys that I had planned to until about mile 9.5 when we hit the second huge hill. It was only about a ½ mile and I could see the top, but it was killer. I kept one guy in my sights and the 2nd guy dropped off. I made it up the hill with about a 9:30 pace. Once I was at the top of the hill and realized that I only have 3.1 left, I opened up quite a bit. I caught up to Jon and we both gave each other a thumbs up and we took off. I passed one female going down the last downhill. The last mile was a bit of a struggle but I looked down and saw my watch and I remember seeing 1:37 and thinking if I wanted to PR I was going to have to fly!
I managed a 1:39:49, just 2 seconds from Jon, and about 2 min in front of our other running partner. Jon’s wife grabbed my stuff for me so that I could run back and find my husband. He has been running with an injury, so I was fairly concerned but I only made it back about .4 of a mile and he was already there! He finished in 1:47, so a course PR for him too!
I immediately grabbed some food and sucked down a chocolate milk. Ray went over to get our race times and placing printed out and I got 4th overall for females and 1st in my age group! I was beyond excited. I’ve never done that in a large(ish) race like this. I got a pretty cool mug that I would like to try and use every day for as long as I live!
It only took me 5 days to piece this together! I finally felt about 90% during my run on Wednesday, so I’m back to a nice long run this weekend!
Do you feel like you race better at a small or large race?
Do you have an all time favorite race?
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